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Feb. 3, 1959: Drove my Chevy to the Levee

Here's today's earworm: Feb. 3 marks the anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1959. Don McLean referenced the event in his hit song, "American Pie" in 1972.

The Beachcraft Bonanza plane, piloted by Roger Peterson, went down in a cornfield during a nighttime flight between Clear Lake and Fargo, N.D. There were no survivors.

Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

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Feb 3, 2016, 6:34 pm
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Great song.

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A monument at the site of the crash that killed rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, 'The Big Bopper' and pilot Roger Peterson.